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Balkarus in Halo Infinite.
Biographical information


During or after May 28, 2560[1]

Cause of death:

Killed in battle by John-117[1]

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Political and military information





Balkarus was a veteran Jiralhanae Captain in service with the Banished.[2][3] During the Installation 07 conflict in 2560, he served within Glelt Pack in the Advance Combat Element of the Exodus Guard.[3] Balkarus would be killed by John-117 while serving in this role.[1]


Banished veteran[edit]

Balkarus served in a trusted position within the Banished for multiple years, even accompanying Atriox himself on several critical missions. In recent years, he attempted to leverage his standing to earn a place in the Banished Bloodstars. Despite failing to join the elite unit, Balkarus still distinguished himself among his fellow officers for his ferociousness in battle and for his tendency to execute his own solders for showing even the slightest bit of hesitancy in combat.[3]

Battle on the Ark[edit]

Main article: Second Ark Conflict
Balkarus commanding Banished forces on the Ark in May 2559.

On March 30, 2559, Balkarus made an announcement to the Unggoy under his command wherein he attempted to quash the rumor that a lone Spartan had lately been responsible for freeing prisoners near a water treatment structure on Installation 00. The rumor had recently resulted in the attempted desertion of two Unggoy and some were even saying the demon had been the Master Chief himself.[4]

On May 1, 2559, Balkarus sent a message to Forticus about Atriox's new commander, Colony, and the uneasy feeling he had about the Lekgolo commander.[2] Hours later, Balkarus sent a message to other Jiralhanae pack brothers about not throwing more Unggoy into the cloaking field and asked them to hold the field active until Colony's plan was complete.[5]

Conflict on Zeta Halo[edit]

Balkarus was among a cast of warriors, along with Jato 'Ratum, Okro 'Vagaduun, and Zeretus, picked by Atriox himself to return to the galaxy with him. The group boarded Atriox's personal Lich, Pegoras, and went through the portal on Installation 00 to Reach to meet with Escharum and was introduced to Castor by Inslaan 'Gadogai when he departed. Eventually, the group departed Reach on Eschuram's Intrusion corvette after the remaining Keepers took Atriox's Lich back through the Portal.[6]

A few months later, Balkarus participated in the Installation 07 conflict as part of the Glelt Pack in the Advance Combat Element of the Exodus Guard.[3] In May 2560, his location was discovered by the Weapon, who passed this information on to SPARTAN-II John-117. After tracking Balkarus down, the Spartan slew both him and the Banished forces accompanying him.[1]


During the Battle for Zeta Halo, Balkarus wielded both a Shea'p-pattern plasma cannon and a custom Mangler known as the Riven Mangler.[1][3]

In-game information[edit]

Halo Infinite[edit]

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Target dossier[edit]

Balkarus' HVT profile
Captain Balkarus is a veteran Jiralhanae officer of the Banished who once served directly under Atriox's command accompanying his war chief on several critical missions. In recent years, he’s attempted to leverage this trusted standing to earn a place in the Bloodstars spec-ops group - a former Covenant combat team, appropriated by Atriox as an elite unit trained for the singular purpose of killing Spartans. Though he has yet to achieve this goal, Balkarus has distinguished himself among his fellow officers for his ferociousness in battle, and has been known to kill his own soldiers for the slightest demonstrations of hesitancy on the battlefield.
Riven Mangler icon extracted from Infinite's game files and converted from linear to sRGB colour space.

Weapon: Riven Mangler


List of appearances[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Halo Infinite, campaign mission Connections: Balkarus
  2. ^ a b c d Halo Wars 2, Phoenix Log - A New Commander
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Halo Infinite, High Value Target dossier, Balkarus, Captain
  4. ^ Halo Wars 2, Phoenix Log - A Warning
  5. ^ Halo Wars 2, Phoenix Log - Hold Fast
  6. ^ Halo: Shadows of Reach